Although pregnancy is one of the most beautiful periods in every woman’s life, it can really bring about great changes in the body, and one of them is varicose veins. Today we bring you everything you should know about this phenomenon in pregnancy.
Varicose veins in pregnancy are not at all naive and can cause many complications, and against them, cellulite and stretch marks will look quite funny. Doctors usually prescribe drugs to pregnant women against the formation of clots and infection, and it is recommended to rest as much as possible so that the condition does not get worse. In most cases, the veins return to normal on their own after childbirth and the recovery period, but there are cases when they remain after. In that case, you will probably have to visit a specialist and consult with him about the further course of treatment.
What are varicose veins?
Varicose veins are dilated and elongated blood vessels that look like blue bumps on the skin. They usually appear on the legs, rectum and vaginal area. Varicose veins are usually caused by increased pressure of the uterus on the inferior vein, which slows down the blood flow in the lower part of the body. In this case, blood is drawn to the legs and bulges are created.
Varicose veins are simply stretched and swollen veins that work too much due to the pressure that the baby creates.
What is the main cause of varicose veins in pregnancy?
This problem is inherited and if women in your family have had it, it is very likely that you will have it too. In addition to genetics, an important role is played by how active you are during pregnancy, whether you stand, sit too much and whether you are obese. In these cases, the risk of varicose veins increases.
What to do if varicose veins appear during pregnancy?
If you notice that the veins on your legs have dilated, the first step you need to do is to buy compression stockings, raise your legs whenever you sit, be careful not to cross your legs and try to be active. It is also very important to drink enough fluids during the day to get rid of constipation, hemorrhoids and not to gain too much weight, because all these factors can worsen the condition of varicose veins.
As we have already mentioned, the positive side of varicose veins in pregnancy is that in most cases they disappear by themselves after childbirth. Sometimes it takes several months for everything to return to normal, and sometimes up to a year. In some cases, a more severe form of varicose veins develops, which needs to be treated after childbirth, and surgery is rarely needed.
Problems that can cause varicose veins
This phenomenon can be a risk factor for deep vein thrombosis or pulmonary embolism. Thrombosis causes blood clots to form in the legs that can travel through the bloodstream throughout the body. If this suffocation reaches the lungs, the outcome can be fatal. Monitor what the veins on your legs look like, whether the swelling on one leg is bigger than on the other, and whether redness and tenderness have appeared.
Varicose veins can appear even in the area of the vagina. If you feel more pressure and sensitivity in the area of the vagina, be sure to consult your doctor and check that it is not a vein, especially if it appeared on the legs.
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